The Lynchings in Duluth
ISBN10: 087351386X ISBN13: 9780873513869 Contributors: Green, William D. K. (Foreword) Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Pr Published: May 1 2000 Pages: 192 Weight: 0.65lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
On the evening of June 15, 1920, in Duluth, Minnesota, three young black men, accused of the rape of a white woman, were pulled from their jail cells and lynched by a mob numbering in the thousands. Up to a tenth of the city's residents clogged the street in front of the police station to witness the hanging. Reporters of the two major newspapers of Minneapolis and St. Paul shocked their readers with lurid accounts of the event. Leading newspapers throughout the North vilified Duluthians for having stained their city's good name and castigated them for being no better than southern racists. The governor of Minnesota, J. A. A. Burnquist, then president of the St. Paul chapter of the NAACP, commissioned his adjutant general to launch a formal investigation. Three dozen men were indicted for taking part in the mob action. And one year later, in reaction to the event, the state legislature enacted an antilynching law. Yet, today, the incident is nearly forgotten.